Horse Identification


USDA Approves Destron Fearing RFID Chip for Equine Use in NAIS

August 31, 2007

The United States Department of Agriculture announced Aug. 31 that Destron Fearing's LifeChip equine radio-frequency identification (RFID) injectable transponder is approved for use as part of the National Animal Identification System... Read More


Kansas State to Lead Cost-Benefit Analysis of NAIS

July 17, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced July 16 the selection of Kansas State University to lead a multi-institutional benefit-cost analysis of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).... Read More


Elective Surgeries on the Rise at Va. Tech Equine Medical Center

June 08, 2007

A greater number of owners are choosing to have elective surgeries, typically defined as non-emergency procedures, performed on their horses at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

The center's five board certified... Read More


Animal ID: FFA to Promote Premises Registration

June 04, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National FFA Organization announced June 4 a partnership for a broad-based education in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for current FFA members and alumni. The cooperative agreement... Read More


USEF Offering Expedited Horse Passport Service

April 18, 2007

The USEF has begun a new expedited FEI and National Passport service which is intended to assist those who have an urgent need to obtain a new passport, revalidate an existing one, change ownership, change a horse's name, and to receive an FEI... Read More


Lame Ketchikan Could Be Off Triple Crown Trail

April 11, 2007

Louisiana Derby runner-up Ketchikan is lame in his left front foot, which could knock him off the Triple Crown trail. The colt's owner, B. Wayne Hughes, said the 3-year-old son of Mr. Greeley was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in... Read More


Pregnant Horse Survives Collision with Train

March 12, 2007

A pregnant horse that was hit by a train last month is recovering and should give birth soon.

The 4-year-old Quarter Horse named Bailey is owned by Matt and Gena Leyden and their three children, who live near Columbus Junction, Iowa.... Read More


Animal Identification Group Deactivates

March 06, 2007

A nonprofit organization established to compile a national identification database for livestock, including horses, was rendered "inactive" in January--just one year after its founding--because it was ahead of its time, said a spokesperson for... Read More


N.M. Livestock Owners Urged to Microchip Animals

February 22, 2007

Livestock officials are urging cattlemen and owners of other large livestock to take advantage of a tracking program that will help the government control such diseases as mad cow disease.

Farmers and ranchers can register their large... Read More


Fewer Foals, Competition Impacts New Jersey Futurity

February 19, 2007

Citing a decrease in the number of entries for both divisions over the last few years that has resulted in short fields, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey announced that, beginning in 2008, the New Jersey Futurity is being... Read More


USDA Seeks Comment on NAIS Documents

February 18, 2007

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has requested comments on National Animal Identification System (NAIS) documents that will affect how livestock, including horses, are handled within the program.

The NAIS is a... Read More


Rescue Official Advises Owners: Prepare for Disaster

November 28, 2006

In the wake of recent California wildfires, an animal rescue official reminds horse owners that planning is critical to helping their horses through natural disasters. "Whether it's a threat of wildfires, floods, tornadoes or hurricanes, people... Read More


ESWG: National Animal Identification System to be Voluntary

November 20, 2006

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is emphasizing that the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) will be a voluntary program and that no plans are in place to make the program mandatory.

The NAIS has been a hot topic of... Read More


Lessons Learned Hard

November 01, 2006

We have just passed the five-year anniversary of the most horrific terrorist attack on the United States in the country's history. It was on Sept. 11, 2001, that two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center Towers in New York, another struck... Read More


Preparing for the Worst

November 01, 2006

Horses are delicate creatures. Despite their size and strength, they can be afflicted by a host of ailments. Their use in equestrian sports, their curious nature, and their boisterous social interactions can easily put them in injury-causing... Read More


Equine ID Group Meets, Elects New Chairmen

October 13, 2006

The Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) had a meeting on August 21st, in conjunction with the National Institute of Animal Agriculture's 2006 ID Info Expo.

During this meeting, the ESWG gave subcommittee updates, discussed ESWG membership... Read More


Equine ID Topics Info Expo

October 01, 2006

Bobby Smith of Middleburg, Va., was not alone when he said he was confused about equine identification. That's why he came to the National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) ID/Info Expo in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 22-24.

"We are very excite... Read More


Practical Applications for Animal ID

September 23, 2006

"The most important factor in the equine ID controversy is in the interpretation of what is on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) web page," said Carl C Heckendorf, DVM, of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "Horse owners read... Read More


New and Emerging Technologies in Animal Identification

September 21, 2006

The Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) made recommendations in August 2006 to USDA regarding the use of specific injectable radio frequency identification (RFID) for horses in accordance with the National Animal ID System (NAIS).

While... Read More


Livestock Inspectors Use Technology to Track Equine Movement

September 15, 2006

Wearing Wranglers and sporting a cowboy hat and boots, Buddy Eby doesn't look like your typical computer geek.

But seeing him in his truck, with a small notebook PC on his lap, digital camera at his side, and inkjet printer in the passenger... Read More


California Implants Microchips in 500 Thoroughbreds

September 12, 2006

Under a no-cost-to-the-owner, voluntary program approved by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) utilizing federal grants, microchips have been implanted in almost 500 Thoroughbreds at Southern California racetracks over the last two months... Read More


United Kingdom Seeks Changes to European Equine Identification Proposal

September 05, 2006

Following consultation with the horse industry about a proposed European Union Regulation on the identification of equidae (horses, donkeys, etc.), the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) is giving its comments to the... Read More


Animal ID and the Horse Industry

August 31, 2006

Amy Mann of the American Horse Council presented an update on efforts of the Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) in her presentation at the National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) ID Info Expo held in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 22-24. The... Read More


Bay Quarter Horse Missing in Monroe County, N.Y.

August 14, 2006

Tattoo Charlie, a 15-hand bay Quarter Horse gelding, escaped from his pasture in Monroe County, N.Y. early on Aug. 7 after he and three pasturemates in the enclosure were spooked. The other horses were recovered, but Charlie--who was last... Read More


AHC Issues Forum Discusses ID

August 11, 2006

The American Horse Council (AHC) confirmed today (Aug. 10) that Bob Hillman, DVM, will be a speaker for the AHC Issues Forum, which will be held on Sept. 25 in Austin, Texas. Hillman currently serves as the Texas state veterinarian and executive... Read More